La Hora newspaper yesterday issued a public apology ordered by the Superintendency of Information and Communication (SuperCom), after this entity received a complaint lodged by the Mayor of Loja, José Bolívar Castillo.
The SuperCom stated that La Hora did not comply with Section 23 of the Communications Law, which refers to the right of all persons to have a rectification of the information that has been released about them, their families or on matters in their charge, where deficiencies exist in the verification, contrasting and precision of the same.
On January 21, La Hora published on its front page the headline “Control with electric batons,” while the story unfolded in page B4 under the title “Loja Municipal officers use electric batons.” The note stated that “from December municipal police of Loja do not use electric batons” and is added that “a person would have been burned by one of these sticks.”
After that, the newspaper La Hora published the version of Mayor Castillo on February 23 with the headline “Reply. Municipality of Loja has not yet received electric batons,” however, the authority decided to still submit a complaint before the SuperCom “for the alleged infringement of Section 23 of the LOC.”